The problem with the voluntary army is that most people today have absolutely no connection to the military. They neither have a family member in the military nor do they know someone that is in the military. Whatever you wanted to say about the draft and how certain people where able to get out of it, it was distributed through all economic and social classes. Maybe not fairly and mabye not equally, but it did touch on all of them. Where many of our political leaders in the past had military experience, my guess it that most future presidents wont. That is the difference between the US military and the Israeli military. Everyone in Israel has a family member in the military and if you dont have family in it, your friends and neigbhors do. What affects the military affects you. In the US, until literally 3 weeks ago when my son commissioned, I had no connection to the military and honestly never knew someone who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan. I would say that would be true for most of my friends. Its actually very sad.